Gary Stevens is an artist who creates performances and video installations, working with a wide range of visual artists and performers from diverse backgrounds. His solo & ensemble works have been presented internationally in gallery, theatre, festival and public spaces.
The major live work, since 1984, is the result of long, practical and material development; the structure, which often includes an elaborate text, grows out of this process. His unique use of text and speech in a visual art context is formal, yet seems casual. It describes and defines a fictive space and situation but the conspicuous invention confronts us with something real. The work is also about modes of thought; a psychology is often alien or animal and at odds with the audience/spectators and performer's states of mind. It is critical and funny. The staging and productions are simple and stark, but the structures are rich, compelling and complex.
He won a Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts (1998), a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (New York) in 1996 and a One to One bursary from the Live Art Development Agency (2005). He has taught in many art schools as a regular visiting Visual Art and Performance tutor, including: Byam Shaw, Goldsmith's, Middlesex and Wimbledon. He has been a tutor on the BA Fine Art course at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL since 2007. He ran a regular monthly performance Lab at Artsadmin from 1999-2009.
Video installation include Slow Life and Wake Up and Hide, which were commissioned and first shown at Matt's Gallery, London in 2003 and 2007 respectively. Recent video installations Now and Again and Containment were both shown at Southampton City Art Gallery in 2012. He has toured internationally with live pieces such as Not Tony and Ape.
Gary is currently developing an ensemble performance for L'Avant Siene in Paris for 2014.